“We truly came to understand what is meant when Mayfield is described as a community of dynamic learning and compassionate leaders,” said Karen Craig, chair of the visiting committee and a social studies teacher at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. “Throughout our time here the visiting committee was impressed with the friendliness of the community and the overwhelming sense of welcome.”
Their visit culminated the internal, year-long process of our dedicated eight-member Mission Effectiveness Steering Committee, co-chaired by Ann Pibel, Director of Library Services, and Cathy Cota, School Nurse. The process is an accreditation of sorts and calls on each Holy Child school to examine every six years how it is meeting the seven goals embedded in the philosophy and vision of our founder, Cornelia Connelly.
On Wednesday, the committee offered a series of commendations and recommendations that will be presented to provincial leadership of the Holy Child Network of schools, who will certify our standing in the network and approve an action plan for the next six years.
Highlights of the report, explained to the faculty and staff during a prayer service on Wednesday, included:
An appreciation for how our Mayfield team has dedicated their work to Sr. Barbara Mullen, SHCJ, our beloved Mayfield educator who passed away nearly three years ago. “This touching addition exemplifies the impact an individual can have and the spirit of love that is inherent in Mayfield.”
A nod to our theology teachers who emphasize that Cornelia’s teachings are about “joy that springs from duty...The focus in learning about Cornelia's life is on her loving relationship with God.” Life has its stresses, trials and injustices, but in the midst of it all, joy can be found.
A recommendation that Mayfield continue to provide more opportunities for “constructive, respectful and structured, facilitated dialogue between students who have differing political and/or religious views and values.”
In thanking the visiting committee Head of School Kate Morin embraced their report and said she is eager to continue to move forward.
“We know that we are a creative and loving school with amazing teachers and an incredible community,” she said. “This year-long process has showed us that we are all working together for the good our students and their growth as young women of faith.”
Special thanks to the tireless work of the Mayfield Mission Effectiveness Committee:
Co-chairs: Ann Pibel, Director of Library Services and Cathy Cota, School Nurse.
Committee Members: Ron Castelo, theology teacher; Julie Condon, Board of Trustees member; Nicole Cosand, Director of Annual Giving and Alumnae Relations; Annie Pontrelli, math teacher, Jade Stewart ’09, Asst. Director of Admissions, Tina Zapata, social studies teacher.
Thank you to our Visiting Committee:
Karen Craig, Chair (Connelly School of the Holy Child, Potomac)
Robin Beaver (Holy Child School, Rosemont)
Jacqueline Ciaccia (School of the Holy Child, Rye)
Dorothy Morris (Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, Anaheim)
Rebecca Mull (Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, New Jersey)